Floyd Loop, MD, former Chairman and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, dead at 78

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CLEVELAND – Floyd D. Loop, MD, who served as chairman and CEO of Cleveland Clinic from 1989 to 2004 has died. He was 78 years old.

Loop was a pioneering cardiac surgeon who led the Cleveland Clinic to national prominence. During his time as CEO, the Clinic expanded its main campus, launched a Florida clinic and began its own medical school program. He also launched the construction of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower.

Dr. Loop was the son of a country doctor from Lafayette, Indiana,  graduated from Purdue University, and earned his medical degree at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After post-graduate training at The George Washington University, the US Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base, and Cleveland Clinic, he joined Cleveland Clinic as a cardiac surgeon in 1970.

He performed more than 12,000 cardiac surgeries, and was the author of 350 papers on all aspects of cardiovascular surgery.

After his retirement in 2004,  he continued to advise, mentor and served on numerous private and public corporate boards. His book, “Leadership and Medicine” was published in 2009.

The Cleveland Clinic released this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Floyd Loop, our friend, colleague, and past chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic. As a cardiac surgeon and physician leader, his contributions to medicine and to the growth of Cleveland Clinic will be remembered forever. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Cleveland Clinic.

His late wife Dr. Bernadine Healy served as chairman of the Clinic’s Research Institute from 1985 to 1995,  was President and CEO of the American Red Cross  and director of the National Institutes of Health.

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